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TE Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints

6-6, 247Born: 9-20-1988College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2

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Summary

The Saints lost Ben Watson, who signed a two-year $8 Million contract with Baltimore in free agency, but added Coby Fleener as their starting tight end. He didn't come cheap, signing a five-year $36 Million contract. Fleener has never been praised as a blocker, but Coach Payton said that he could be an exciting addition to their offense based on his skill set. Expect Fleener to be used in a variety of ways in the passing game, frequently stretching the seam. Fantasy expectations are high for him this season based on Brees' history of effectively using his tight end. Even though somewhat effective as a move tight end in Indianapolis, Fleener only averaged 88 targets per season in his best three seasons with the Colts. He has career highs of 54 receptions, 774 yards and 8 TDs. Fleener is not expected to receive Jimmy Graham target volume, but he still could set career highs this season. Fleener is a decent red zone target, witnessed by his 17 TDs in Indianapolis. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 7, 3, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 9, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11
Overall Redraft - 86, 49, 59, 60
TE Redraft PPR - 7, 3, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 11, 11
Overall Redraft PPR - 77, 45, 52, 56, 57
TE Dynasty - 12, 7, 12, 14, 15, 16

Stats and Projections

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2013 IND 16 52 608 4
2014 IND 16 51 774 8
2015 IND 16 54 491 3
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 68 * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 70 * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 77 * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 78 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 70
TE: 7
Overall-PPR: 76
TE-PPR: 7

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Latest News

Saints | Drew Brees likes Coby Fleener (Sat Jun 18, 03:47 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener has an uncanny ability to separate and get open, according to QB Drew Brees. 'There's always a place to throw the ball where he can get it,' Brees said. Fleener was targeted eight times during 7-on-7 drills and 11-on-11 drills this week -- the same number of targets as WRs Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.

Our View: Fantasy owners should love Fleener if he can stay healthy and play up to his potential. With Ben Watson moving on to the Ravens in free agency, the Saints went out to add Fleener. Brees loves to involve the TE in the passing game, and this makes Fleener a low-end TE1 with upside in 2016. His current ADP is TE7 (7.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2016 Schedule

1vs Oakland Raiders
2@ New York Giants
3vs Atlanta Falcons
4@ San Diego Chargers
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Carolina Panthers
7@ Kansas City Chiefs
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10vs Denver Broncos
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Los Angeles Rams
13vs Detroit Lions
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15@ Arizona Cardinals
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons